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August 27, 2015

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August 27, 2015

Soils Protect the Natural Environment

Aug. 27, 2015 — No matter where you live, soils protect the natural environment around ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Researchers using a bioinorganic hybrid approach to artificial photosynthesis have combined semiconducting nanowires with select microbes to create a system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen ... read more

Purifying Contaminated Water With Crab Shells

Aug. 24, 2015 — Scientists have found that crab shells are effective in removing copper and cadmium from contaminated ... read more

Trace Heavy Metals in Plastics Pose No Immediate Food Safety Threat but May Lead to Long-Term Environmental Problems

Aug. 24, 2015 — The trace amounts of toxic substances used to make plastics don’t contaminate the food or beverage products they contain at a significant level and pose no immediate threat to consumers, according ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — A 20-year plan to dramatically reduce phosphorus levels of agricultural water entering the Florida Everglades is ... read more

Demand for Coffee Can Create Ecological, Economic Rift With Poorer Nations

Aug. 23, 2015 — The explosion in worldwide coffee consumption in the past two decades has generally not benefitted farmers of coffee beans in poorer nations along the ... read more

Both Sides Framed Keystone XL Pipeline Debate in Nebraska

Aug. 22, 2015 — As supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline testified at public hearings in Nebraska between 2010-2013, several interest groups attempted to frame the debate in different ... read more

Melting Snow and Groundwater Levels in Sierra Nevadas

Aug. 20, 2015 — Changing climate conditions have caused dramatic changes in groundwater levels. A new study aimed at understanding the changes in soil wetting and drying that occur as snow melts in mountainous, ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Scientists are cleaning soil contaminated by oil spills in a way that saves energy and reclaims the soil's fertility, using a process known as pyrolysis, which involves heating contaminated ... read more

Boreal Forests Challenged by Global Change

Aug. 20, 2015 — Forest management must adapt in order to ensure that forests stay healthy in a time of unprecedented environmental change, say experts. Boreal forests are one of the ecosystems most affected by ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — The Loa River water system of northern Chile's Atacama Desert, in the Antofagasta region, exemplifies the high stakes involved in sustainable management of scarce water resources. The Loa ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Much of the European continent has been affected by severe drought in June and July 2015, one of the worst since the drought and heat wave of summer of 2003, according to the latest ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — When trying to explain the potential effects of climate change on plants, fish and wildlife, scientists usually resort to language that fails to convey the impact of warming. Now, a study clearly ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — A new study says that global warming has measurably worsened the ongoing California drought. While scientists largely agree that natural weather variations have caused a lack of rain, an emerging ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the California Department of Water Resources has released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Ventura and Oxnard in California could be vulnerable to the effects of a local earthquake-generated tsunami, according to computer models used by seismologists. According to their 3-D models, a ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — A method to recycle phosphate and nitrogen, critical nutrients for algae cultivation, has been developed by a team of scientists, who describe this method as a triple win – saves money in algae ... read more

Helium Anomaly Preceded Mount Ontake Eruption

Aug. 19, 2015 — Researchers discovered an increase in a helium isotope during a 10-year period before the 2014 Mount Ontake eruption in central Japan. The finding suggests that this helium isotope anomaly is related ... read more

Work on Barren Soil May Bear Fruit

Aug. 19, 2015 — Scientists have made significant progress in determining what causes soil acidification -- a discovery that could assist in turning back the clock on degraded ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists' ... read more

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